By Barry Holbrook: Chris Eubank Jr’s administration crew ought to have severe “issues” about letting him combat Conor Benn after the best way Liam Smith beat him, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Benn isn’t anticipated to be the following opponent for Eubank Jr (32-3, 23 KOs), who seems to have his thoughts set on attempting to avenge his fourth spherical knockout loss from final Saturday night time towards Smith (33-3-1, 20 KOs).
It was surprising that Liam, a fading 154-pounder hardly ever talked about when one mentions high fighters at junior middleweight, would are available and destroy the 33-year-old Eubank Jr the best way he did.
With that stated, Eubank Jr had solely fought two good fighters in his twelve-year profession, George Groves & Billy Joe Saunders, and was outboxed, shedding each fights by choices.
It’s not solely the weak opposition that Eubank Jr has fought that has damage his improvement. He’s additionally not been an energetic fighter since his loss to Groves in 2018, preventing simply six instances within the final 4 years, primarily towards lesser foes that had been nowhere close to the highest 5.
What was shocking is Eubank Jr made Liam Smith appear to be an elite-level fighter, and the very fact is, he’s not at 154.
“Lots of people got here out after and stated, ‘Thank God the Conor Benn-Eubank combat didn’t occur at 157.5,’ as a result of Conor Benn, for my part, punches tougher, sooner, and extra spiteful than Liam Smith, and we actually consider he would win that combat, and he believes he would cease Chris Eubank Jr,” stated Eddie Hearn to iFL TV a few Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank Jr mega-fight.
“You noticed from Saturday; I consider he could be an enormous favourite going into that combat. So, I don’t know if Eubank Jr would wish to combat somebody like Conor coming off that defeat.
“It’s an enormous combat, and it all the time will likely be, however he has a really tough choice. It’s not my choice, we’ve got nothing to do with him, but when he was my fighter, I’d be very involved about preventing Conor Benn subsequent. Types make fights, and Conor goes to face in entrance of him and commerce, and it’s going to be an absolute warfare.
“Liam is a little bit bit cuter, and I don’t know. It’s nonetheless an excellent combat [Eubank Jr vs. Benn], however it wouldn’t be Staff Eubank proper now, pondering, ‘I wish to get within the ring with Conor Benn,’” stated Hearn.